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TBI Raise Almost £5,000 With Alice House Hospice

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Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s annual Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show helped raise almost £5,000 with The Alice House Hospice in support of local patients and families.

TBI Assist Michael Hanby Accountants/Butler & Gee Takeover

Michael Stevens
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Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm has assisted Butler & Gee Accountants in its acquisition of the business of Michael Hanby Accountants , allowing Michael Hanby himself to retire after trading in Barnard Castle for over 25 years. Taking over from...

In The Spotlight With Mike McGrother

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Stockton Musician Mike McGrother is front man for The Wildcats of Kilkenny and also heavily involved with the North East community as Stockton’s Creative Partner. He tells Tilly Bailey & Irvine his story in the latest In the Spotlight....

Aretha Franklin Did Not Make A Will - But Here's Why YOU Should

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The ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin died in August at the age of 76, but she did not leave a Will . How is this likely to affect her family? Tilly Bailey & Irvine explain.... It now means that her four sons and other family members are...

Unmarried Mother Wins 'Landmark' UK Supreme Court Benefit Case

Wendy Beacom
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An unmarried mother has won a landmark court case in which it has been ruled that she was discriminated against when prevented from claiming Widowed Parent's Allowance. Tilly Bailey & Irvine's Chartered Legal Executive Wendy Beacom takes...

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Partner With Stockton Town FC

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Tilly Bailey & Irvine is delighted to announce a season-long partnership with Stockton Town FC just as the 2018/19 campaign gets underway. The deal makes TBI official sponsors of the Anchors' new match highlights  videos , which...

Rescuing Clients From A Solicitor Into Liquidation

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Picture it; The law firm you are using suddenly goes into liquidation, so what do you do next? Gemma Tunney and  Tilly Bailey & Irvine ’s Personal Injury team have stepped in for this very scenario, and here’s what happened…. ...

Why the 'same-roof' rule was "incompatible" with Human Rights Law

Nathalie Clayton
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The Court of Appeal has ruled that the ‘same-roof’ rule is incompatible with Human Rights Law. Nathalie Clayton  and Tilly Bailey & Irvine's Personal Injury team explain what this means for those lodging an abuse claim.... ...

In The Spotlight With John Foster

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We get the insight from one of the North East’s much-loved voices of radio, John Foster, formerly of BBC, TFM, Sunderland AFC and more gives us his story….

Death: Two Easy Ways To Help Your Family During This Time

Martin  Brown
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The death of somebody close is something that proves mightily difficult to deal with. Tilly Bailey & Irvine partner Martin Brown has two important pieces of advice for you in this situation.... Taking these two simple steps will greatly help...

NHS Mesh Operations 'Suspended' Due To Risks

Sylvia Taylor
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NHS England has jumped to suspend Trans-Vaginal Mesh operations amid 'life-threatening' safety concerns. Tbi Law Solicitor Sylvia Taylor takes up the story....

In The Spotlight With Lee Watson Of Clive Owen LLP

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In TBI's latest edition of In The Spotlight, we get the insight from Lee Watson, tax director of award-winning North East accountants Clive Owen LLP.....

Four Promotions For Team TBI

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North East law firm Tilly Bailey & Irvine continues to thrive, as shown by four new promotions for solicitors within the company in the first quarter of 2018....

Why The Supreme Court Backed Heterosexual Civil Partnerships

Wendy Beacom
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The Supreme Court this week said a ban on heterosexual couples entering civil partnerships instead of marriage was "incompatible" with human rights laws. Wendy Beacom, a Legal Executive at our North East firm, explains how it helps...

TBI's Injured Claimants Keep On Winning

Kay Ditcham
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Tilly Bailey & Irvine's staff has dealt with endless Personal Injury matters over time, and our North East Solicitors have continued to help clients claim back compensation. Kay Ditcham  tells the full story.... Helen Elstob ,...

Can You Claim Compensation For A Hit And Run?

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Can you claim compensation for a hit and run? What if the vehicle responsible for an accident is not insured? Gemma Tunney explains how our North East Solicitors deal with the many more tricky situations of a bump out on the roads that could have been...

When Is A Defect Not A Defect?

Adrienne Harris
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When is a defect NOT a defect? Well Adrienne Harris explains how our North East Solicitors can help decipher this in a personal injury case.... Generally speaking, a person who falls over on somebody’s premises will have to demonstrate that the...

Injured In An Accident, Then Received Negligent Medical Treatment?

Kay Ditcham
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It almost seems too unlucky that somebody might be injured in an accident and then, rather than their medical treatment resolve their injuries, it is performed negligently and in fact makes matters worse, something which our North East Solicitors have had to...

Beware Of Settling Your Injury Claim TOO Early

Nathalie Clayton
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North East Solicitor Nathalie Clayton recently secured an award in the sum of £19,000 for a client following an accident he was involved in at work in 2016. It was a case that highlights the fact that an injury could well be undervalued,...

Could 'Unfair' Proposals Affect Road Traffic Accident Victims?

Kay Ditcham
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The Civil Liability Bill had its second reading in the House of Lords recently, and one of our North East firm's partners, Kay Ditcham,  has been looking at how it could affect those involved in accidents out on the roads. The Bill, amongst...

How Safe Is Your Workplace?

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Our North East firm are no strangers to hearing about accidents at work but, as Gemma Tunney  explains, it is vital to keep your workplace as safe as possible for employers.... For many of us our day involves getting up, going to work and...

Abuse victim denied compensation will fight 'same roof' law

Nathalie Clayton
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A woman who was sexually abused by her stepfather almost every day when she was aged between 4 and 16 years old is challenging a law which prevents victims of crimes of violence, who have lived under the "same roof" as their attacker prior to 1...

£10,000 Compensation claim for a fall at Tees Bay Retail Park - Hartlepool

Adrienne Harris
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Recently the Personal Injury team at our Hartlepool office has seen an influx of accidents occurring at the Tees Bay Retail Park, as Litigation Executive Adrienne Harris explains.... We identified that whilst there was not in all cases a defect as...

Court grants leave for director to continue with business after liquidation

Michael Stevens
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Michael Stevens, Solicitor based out of our Commercial office in Wynyard, has successfully obtained an Order pursuant to s216 of the Insolvency Act 1986, from the Company and Insolvency Division of the High Court. 

£4.5 Million Compensation For Baby Girl

John Hall
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I have recently secured an award of compensation of £4.5 million for a baby girl who was sent home by her GP when she was suffering from a serious condition.

In The Spotlight With Danny Curran, Finders International

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Tell Us About Your Role In Your Business As the Founder and Managing Director, I deal mainly with policy, structure, media and financial matters. How Did The Business Start? I started working in the heir tracing business in 1990 and set up as a sole...

Why Do I Have To Get Probate?

Helen Dexter
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It is a common misconception that if you have a Will it is not necessary to obtain probate to your estate once you have died, as our North East firm partner Helen Dexter explains.... Whether or not probate is needed depends upon the assets owned by...

When Do You Need A Notary Public?

Joanne  Cowie
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There are a relatively small number of Notaries Public in the north east of England. Throughout the country there are only about 900. Most unusually, in this firm we are very fortunate to have two Notaries. Myself and my colleague,  Annaliese Barber ...

Our Commercial Disputes Team Appoints A New Partner

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The commercial arm of the firm based in Wynyard has appointed an experienced solicitor to join its Commercial Disputes Team as a partner. Nigel Broadbent has worked in the area of commercial litigation for three decades, acting for a...

How Liquidator Investigations Can Induce Settlements In Tax Avoidance Cases

Michael Stevens
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With the release of the Paradise Papers , the spotlight has been shone on high profile abuses of tax legislation, where individuals have subverted the letter of the law to reduce their personal tax position, often in the sum of hundreds of thousands of...

Asbestos Victims Can Still Recover Damages Where Insurers Cannot Be Traced

Mark Ellis
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Asbestos victims can still recover damages where insurers cannot be traced, says Mark Ellis , a Partner of our North East firm. Victims of the fatal asbestos induced cancer, mesothelioma ,  who are unable to trace their employers or an employers...

If You Engage Agency Workers You Should Read This!

Joan Casson
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IF YOU ENGAGE AGENCY WORKERS (OR ARE THINKING OF USING THEM) YOU SHOULD READ THIS! Those businesses engaging agency workers through an employment agency should know that agency workers who have been continuously engaged by them for 12 calendar weeks are...

What Happens If You Cheat In A Casino? Who Says It Is Dishonest?

John Ellwood
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The highest court in the land - namely the Supreme Court - has made a landmark decision on what many would regard as a strange set of circumstances says John Ellwood , a Partner at our North east firm. Until relatively recently any form of gambling was...

Bradbury Services Incident - Pothole Causing Vehicle Damage and Personal Injury

Kay Ditcham
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The country has just experienced its second ‘Beast from the East’ leaving schools closed and people stranded on motorways.  Another effect of the cold weather has been an increase in the number of potholes appearing in the region’s...

The Recent Stock Market Correction: Why Did It Happen?

Peter Jackson
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As I have said on previous occasions to clients, corrections happen from time to time. Particularly in the US, the market had gone up in virtually a straight line since August 2017, rising 16% in just over four months. When this sort of rise happens and...

What Is Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS?)

Mark Ellis
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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome often shortened to HAVS is an industrial injury that can cause severe pain and potentially long lasting damage to a person’s fingers and hands.  It used to be known as Vibration White Finger (VWF) owing to one of...

International Women's Day Blog By Our Managing Partner Carolyn Tilly

Carolyn Tilly
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With today being International Women’s Day and recent reports in the media suggesting that senior roles across the board are still dominated by men, I thought it an opportune moment to consider our firm and the roles that women play within it. ...

Clients Facing Uncertain Times Where Existing Solicitors Are Intervened By SRA

Mark Ellis
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We have seen over the last 6 – 12 months an increasing number of clients who have found that their acting solicitors have had their practice intervened by the SRA and have left their claim in a state of uncertainty. A number of instructions have been...

Death: How Far Can You Organise Your Own?

Martin  Brown
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No one could have failed to have been touched and saddened by the case of Noel Conway.    He is the motor neurone sufferer whose case is awaiting hearing by the High Court. He is seeking a declaration that section 2 of the Suicide Act 1961 is...

What Does Safeguarding The Elderly In Care Homes Mean?

Helen Elstob
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When elderly loved ones become unwell, whether that be because of mental health or physical concerns, families often have difficult and important decisions to make about future care .  Which care home will best suit their needs? Where will they be...

Medomsley Detention Centre & Kirklevington Detention Centre Abuse Claims

Nathalie Clayton
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Abuse can take many forms, whether it be physical, sexual or psychological. It can occur over a period of time or may even be a single incident. In some cases, the abuser is known to the individual suffering, possibly a family member or a friend, which is...

Cosmetic Surgery : What Happens When It Goes Wrong?

Kay Ditcham
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Cosmetic surgery is more popular than ever before, with many people paying for enhancements to their appearance. Lots of people opt for the less invasive Botox or filler injections, but in extreme cases people have had multiple surgeries in an effort to look...

A Personal Note From Our New Managing Partner, Carolyn Tilly

Carolyn Tilly
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Not too long ago I was reflecting on 2017 and now just like that we are looking forward to the first signs of Spring 2018.  2017 was a year of success and achievements for Tilly Bailey & Irvine and we are working hard on building on the foundations...

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Celebrates The Chinese Year Of The Dog

SherReene Cheah
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Saying Happy New Year The Chinese Way -          恭喜发财   ‘Gong Hey Fat Choy’ in Cantonese or ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ in Mandarin Chinese New Year is here. Celebrations...

Power of Attorney Refund Scheme - Are You Eligible To Claim?

Nicola Dalzell
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You may have heard the recent announcement that the Office of the Public Guardian (‘OPG’) is issuing partial refunds to those who have applied to register a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney in the past four years. If you have registered a...

Marketing For GDPR - The Key Points

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Since the GDPR was first drafted there has been much discussion (and no shortage of confusion) about how the new regulations would affect how businesses are permitted to market to their respective customer base. Hopefully those involved in marketing will...

The Key Concepts Of GDPR

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GDPR - The  Key Concepts Last September I wrote about 'An Introduction To GDPR' In this, my second article, I consider the core key concepts of the new GDPR legislation, of which all businesses should be aware prior to the...

Do I Need A Solicitor For A Chat Or Interview With The Police?

Stewart Haywood
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Historically, when investigating a crime, the police would arrest a suspect. This is quietly but quickly changing. Despite reported rises in crime, Home Office statistics indicate that arrest figures have dropped from 1.5 million in 2008 to 779,660 in...

How To Choose A Clinical Negligence Solicitor

John Hall
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As a result of recent changes in the law and in particular as a result of a clampdown by the Courts in relation to whiplash claims, a number of solicitors dealing with Personal Injury claims have started to advertise their services in relation to ...